Update: 19 Nov 2011 ~ The fire is 80% contained. Great job Firefighters!
I took a few pictures from above UNR at lunch about an hour ago. Windy as hell out there, getting colder too.
Still sustained winds of 30-40 mph with 70 mph gusts, around 2,000 acres have been burnt with 20 homes, 1 death and over 9500 people evacuated.
From KOLOTV’s website:
State of emergency declared by City of Reno, Washoe County, and State of Nevada. All Washoe County Schools in the Truckee Meadows area are closed. Current evacuation center is Galena High School and all Washoe County schools in the Truckee Meadows are closed.
The current evacuation area encompasses everything southwest of McCarran and S. Virginia Street, and the entire area between Skyline Blvd., S. McCarran and Plumas.
Donations of no-perishable goods, clothing, blankets, etc. can be dropped off at the Salvation Army warehouse at 2300 Valley Road in Reno.
According to Sierra Front the fire started at 4984 Sierra Pine Drive in west Reno and as many as 1,000 people are without power. The fire has caused McCarran Boulevard to be closed at Caughlin Parkway and Skyline Blvd.
RTC transit services are not affected by fires.
Firefighters say the fire is “hop-scotching” to homes and high winds are making it extremely difficult to contain the rapidly growing blaze. The fire broke off into two directions and crews are battling it from several fronts.
Evacuations are underway in the Ridgeview and Lakeshore Drive areas that includes Skyline apartments. Witnesses report seeing a home fully engulfed on Lakeridge Shore Drive and another on Manazanita Drive near McCarran Blvd. Several homes are threatened at this time.
A spokesperson with the City of Reno says if you are being advised to evacuate from your home, go to Galena High School off the Mount Rose Highway. The evac center at Reno High School is full. Pets are welcome at evac centers. Most Washoe County schools are closed for Friday because of the fire.